Whittney G. Beard
MBTI® Type: ENTP. Innovative; Resourceful; Spontaneous; Connector
Favorite Book: The Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss
Certifications + coursework
Accomplishment Coaching ICF-Accredited Coaches Training Program, Certified Graduate
The Leadership Circle Profile, Certified Facilitator
Everything DiSC Assessment (Resources Unlimited), Certified Facilitator
Why did you become a coach?
Even when I was a practicing attorney, I found that I naturally fell into conversations with colleagues about their bigger vision and plans for the future. I have always enjoyed listening to people when they talk about what makes them happy, engaged and passionate, and what scares them too. Coupled with my capacity for listening is my willingness to be bold, particularly when doing so may cause you to move outside of your comfort zone. When I chose to shift away from the practice of law, becoming a coach seemed like a no-brainer.
Is there a particular lens through which you approach your coaching?
I see coaching as an interactive process designed to challenge you to grow, expand, and produce unprecedented results. While you are your own expert with the best answers for your life, I partner with you by asking powerful questions and using coaching tools to help you discover your unique stumbling blocks, thought-processes, and desired goals. Then I work with you to design actions and hold you accountable for achieving the outcomes you say you want.
What do you see as the key benefits coaching provides?
I see the key benefit to coaching as the opportunity to work with someone who shares your commitment to expand your capacity to be great – in your career, your relationships, your leadership, your whole life. You might have had glimpses of this in the past. Maybe a coach, a mentor or a parent who once helped you learn something new. With me as a coach, you get an advocate who supports you and holds you accountable as you stretch towards a life that inspires you.
What makes you a successful coach?
Boldness, humor, compassion and connection are the aspects of myself that I draw upon most when I am coaching. As a coach, I am always willing to meet you right where you are, to be patient when necessary, or to call you to the mat if you are playing small. I will make sure you celebrate your wins, particularly since lawyers tend to skip over that part. Finally, I will stand for you as the biggest, brightest, most capable version of yourself.